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    apart from being a very interesting paper, the author has a wonderfully readable and engaging style.

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      Can anyone ELI5 this for me? I read the introduction but in not familiar with ocaml specifically or type systems in general…

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        it’s proposing to extend ocaml with a new class of objects, whose lifetime is managed via RAII (a la C++).

        here is an explanation of RAII; read that and then read over sections 2.1 and 2.2 where the paper discusses how RAII might be combined with a garbage collector. It also borrows ideas from linear and affine type systems tried out in other languages (most notably rust) and explores how they would fit into this new language.

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        This is so exciting and awesome!